Halton Region joins partners to encourage emergency preparedness

Nishan Duraiappah, Deputy Chief, Halton Regional Police Service; Greg Sage, Chief, Paramedic Services, Halton Region; Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair; Ralph Blauel, Chief, Emergency Management, Halton Region; and Gerry Lieferink, Platoon Chief, Oakville Fire,
Halton Region joins partners to encourage emergency preparedness
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Gary Carr

Gary Carr

In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

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In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Week, running May 7 to 14, Halton Region and its emergency management partners encourage residents to take precautions to reduce the impact of a potential emergency in their community.

“The Halton Regional Police Service is equipped to respond effectively and efficiently to any and all emergency situations that impact the safety and well-being of the people we serve. Our front-line and civilian members receive emergency preparedness training throughout the year, both internally and in conjunction with our valued regional partners,” commented Halton Regional Police Service’s Chief Stephen Tanner.

Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves residents, community partners and all levels of government. We work together to minimize the risks, coordinate response efforts and reduce the impact of emergency situations to help ensure that our essential services remain available when you need them most.

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. Residents and businesses can do their part to reduce the impact of potential emergencies by taking three simple steps to help everyone in Halton stay safe:

First step: know the risks—residents should ensure they know the hazards and risks in their community.

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Second step: make a plan—households should determine what they would do during and after various emergencies, identified in the first step, while also considering neighbours, family and friends who may be particularly vulnerable.

Third step: get a kit— residents should assemble, buy or refresh the items that their household would need to stay safe for 72 hours, including supplies for older adults, children and pets.

“By ensuring our community is prepared for emergencies in Halton, we allow first responders to focus their attention on those in immediate need during an emergency response,” commented Ralph Blauel, Chief, Emergency Management, Halton Region.

Residents can also help protect their homes and families year-round by staying informed about seasonal risks and current weather conditions. To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit halton.ca/beprepared.

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